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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2003
CONTACT: Robyn Kendrick, Manager, Animal Control Division in the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-9800

Animal control services provided to unincorporated Jackson County

The City of Kansas City, Mo., now provides animal control services to unincorporated Jackson County. This began July 1. The term of the agreement is six months with the intent to renew for up to five years.

Previously, the County’s Public Works Department handled animal control issues in the unincorporated portions of Jackson County. However, the County’s two animal control officers left their positions which led the County to explore other options for delivering these services.

The County is paying the City for this service. The funding covers the salary and benefits for two full-time animal control officers, training, supervision, equipment, supplies, administration and overhead costs.

“This is a very good example of a creative collaboration that pools resources and capitalizes on economies of scale, as well as existing expertise, to provide a more cost effective and professional program to all parties involved,” said Robyn Kendrick, Director of the City’s Animal Control Division in the Neighborhood and Community Services Department.

The program will be managed by the City’s Animal Control Division. The two animal control officers will be City employees and will work in the County Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. They will be available for emergency call-out Monday through Friday from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. All night emergency calls (8 p.m. to 8 a.m.) will be handled by the appropriate local law enforcement entity as is the case in Kansas City, Mo.

All requests for this service must be made by calling the Jackson County Public Works Department, (816) 881-4530. The County will route appropriate requests for service to the City.

    
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